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Tommy Ash Band Performs 'Spaghetti Rock' for Fans of Rock and Country

In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

See also: Take Cover: Tommy Ash Band Perform a Rip-Roaring Take On Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"

It's easy to lump contemporary country bands into the pop-country genre. After all -- that's what is currently dominating the airwaves. But what if there was a band that embraced classic country sounds without sounding retro? You know, contemporary country, but with solid roots.

Tommy Ash Band is one such group, and a love story on top of that: Singer Tommy Ash and guitarist Benjamin Blanc-Dumont met while Ash was working in a Western store, got married, and started a band. The French born Blanc-Dumont moved to the States to chase the elusive American dream, and refers to the sound of The Tommy Ash Band as "spaghetti rock."

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Melissa Fossum
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